Olga’s research focuses primarily on microfinance, financial inclusion, health and wellbeing in both advanced and developing settings, using quantitative as well as more qualitative approaches. During her doctoral work she studied the impact of non-financial services – business development and preventative health training programmes – on microfinance borrowers in Chiapas, Mexico.
In collaboration with colleagues at GCU, Newcastle University and the University of Sheffield, Olga is co-investigator in the FinWell project funded by the Chief Scientist Office (CSO) of the Scottish Government’s Health Department. This project seeks to elicit the subjective perceptions of microcredit and financial advice users in Glasgow on the potential link between microcredit and health and wellbeing.
Olga is also co-applicant on the EU Horizon 2020 project TransSol which investigates paths of transnational solidarity at times of crisis, and in the Marie Sklodowska-Curie RISE project Fab-Move.
She is a co-founder of the Red Iberoamericana de Estudios del Desarrollo (Ibero-American Network of Development Studies) (RIED).